The National Park Service has no use for hunters who wander into Shenandoah National Park, where deer abound. Hunting is banned in the park and the Virginia game commission reports that special enforcement teams and aerial and electronic surveillance will be used this year to make he rules stick.
Violators may be fined up to $500, jailed for six months and could lose their weapons and vehicles.
The Park Service reported that two Arlington men recently found quilty of poaching deer in the park were fined $100 apiece and forfeited a revolver and a 1975 Mustang automobile.
The Maryland Wildlife Administration is asking quail hunters to write for wing enevelopes and sent in wings from downed bobwhites so the state can monitor the conditions of the tasty game birds.
Envelopes and instructions are available from Joshua Sandt, Maryland Wildlife Administration, Tawes State Office Building, 580 Taylor Ave., Annapolis, Md. 21401.
Buck season opens Monday in Pennsylvania, where deer hunting is close to a state fixation. The game commission will have seen checking stations open for the first three days this year and urges hunters to check in their deer.
Wildlife managers say the state whitetail population is more than 650,000, which they consider dangerously high in light of available winter food supplies. They hope for a harvest of 57,000 bucks and 57,000 antlerless door, which would be only slightly below law year's harvest.
A non-resident hunting license costs $40.35 in Pennsylvania and covers all game.
There are only a couple of short weeks left for anglers to ply the waters of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission's Triadelphia and Rocky Gorge reservoirs. The season on the lakes closes Dec. 15.
Big fish remain. Robert Gilbert of Laurel recenlty landed a 15-pound, 5-ounce Northern pike, working a Mepps spinner from the shoreline. He has the picture to prove it.
The Potomac-Patuxent chapter of Trout Unlimited is planning a Christmas wine and cheese party Dec. 16 at Villa Ridge in Gaithersburg. Call Carl Zimmerman at 897-8679 for details.
In Western Maryland, 4,000 acres of orchard will be open to hunters with special permits. The deer population is said to be heavy at Fairview Orchards, near Hencock. Permits are available from Indian Springs Wildlife Management checking station near Clear Spring (301-842-3355) or at Billmeyer Wildlife Management near Flinstone (301-478-2525). The permits are free and will be issued on a first-come, first served basis. A public lands hunting stamp is required.
Officials of the Easton Waterfowl Festival are sending $4,000 of their profit to the wildlife administration of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. The state plans to use the money for further research on the effects of steel shot regulations in reducing lead poisoning in ducks and geese.
A Wildlife Achievement Chapter of the Isaak Walton League is holding turkey shoots every Saturday at the club grounds on Mullinix Mill Road, two miles east of Damascus, Md., starting at 6 p.m. Phone 588-7224 for details.
The Virginia state chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation is offering a $100 reward for information and testimony leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone poaching turkeys in Virginia. Phone Mike Gardell at 281-3657.